Architetto Nicola Isetta
gross floor area 820 m²
The project is the competition entry to reuse the ruins of the fortress of Cresmina in Cascais (Portugal). The ruin is part of the landscape. The landscape is a palimpsest whose layers history has written and erased. The project is a new layer in the palimpsest of history. The new walls of the art center are inserted in the ruin and they define new spaces together. The roof covers everything and makes the ruin an exposed object itself. Three new gardens are defined by this dialogue: the entrance garden, the artist garden and the sculpture garden. The entrance garden gives access to the lobby and has an outdoor space for the cafe.